Nikon Metrology

Portable CMM Takes Center Stage

This South Dakota production plant found a faster way to verify large production fixtures and manufactured parts of construction and agricultural equipment by positioning a portable optical CMM on the production floor and measuring points of choice right away using a wireless tactile probe. K-Series’ inspection volume fits a complete skid steer vehicle with loader moved in upward position. The wireless SpaceProbe and graphic operator Read more...

Laser Scanner speeds up body geometry verification at Volvo Cars Gent

The innovative Nikon Metrology Cross Scanner is used at Volvo Cars Gent to further accelerate the design-through-manufacturing process for its brand new Volvo XC60 crossover vehicle. By digitizing physical sheet metal and plastic body parts and virtually assembling vehicle bodies in software, Volvo engineers completed pre-production geometry verification nearly twice as fast! 3D laser scanning technology, point cloud processing and virtual Read more...

CARAT-Duchatelet armors VIP vehicles using 3D scanning

  As the world leader in armored prestige vehicles, CARAT-Duchatelet counts sheiks, kings, presidents, CEOs and other wealthy VIPs among its customers. Before stretching and armoring luxury vehicles, CARAT-Duchatelet engineers remove seats and trim, and scan the entire vehicle body using Nikon Metrology K-Scan MMD. The geometric 3D scan acquired by this portable metrology solution forms the basis for drastic vehicle modifications and detailed Read more...

Reverse Engineer an Indy Car with Nikon Metrology’s optical scanning system

  This blog article was written by John Parry. We have re-posted this blog entry because Voxdale used Nikon Metrology’s optical scanning solution to achieve their results. This work by Voxdale was done a couple of years back, not that long after Voxdale was founded, which makes it all the more impressive, and was done for Champ Car, now merged with Indy Car. The project was to optimize the existing Panoz chassis for Conquest Racing’s Read more...

High-Accuracy Robot Drilling: Demo at Control show

This application example shows a drilling fixture built from BoxJoint components. The fixture was designed by DELFOi and physically built by Nikon Metrology. It was demonstrated in Nikon Metrology’s booth at the CONTROL 2010 fair in Stuttgart. Nikon Metrology needed a fixture to locate a small wing component during drilling. You robot users out there understand that robots are not accurate machines. Even if some robots today are accurate Read more...

3D Scan of Penn State’s Nittany Lion

When you think of  laser scanning, 3D measurement and CAD models, your thoughts tend to gravitate toward images of airplanes and automobiles. Not once have I ever thought that school mascots would become the object of the metrology world. Lori Shontz, senior editor of the Penn Stater Alumni Magazine, wrote an excellent article in her blog about Penn State’s school mascot, the Nittany Lion. The university wanted to be able to preserve Read more...